|Niko was so excited for his first race|
I finally snagged a free skirt during the half marathon of the Runner's World Festival weekend! AND even better so did Emir ;-)
I know it sounds ridiculous and silly but honestly, I really did regret not getting "skirted" as the girls called it. You can read about my sad story from last year HERE. So already you know that my Runner's World weekend 2014 was a smashing success as I got not one but TWO FREE running skirts! HAHA ok enough of the skirts.
|Niko and Una having fun before the race|
|Niko & Una with my co-workers kids Grace and Emma. Grace (the taller one) ran the mile and got 4th overall|
|Una had a ton of fun running|
On Friday when we went to the tent to pick up Niko's race bib, we found out that the age group was actually 2-5, not 3-5. We asked Una if she wanted to run, of course seeing all the other kids with bibs and race shirts, she said "YES please!" It was super easy to register her on site and she still got a bib and shirt. The only difference if you registered ahead was the kids' names were on their bibs which totally made Niko's day. Did I mention how the kids' races were completely free?! So awesome. While we waited for the kids' races to start, there was a band that played music for the kids and led them in some yoga poses. Both Niko and Una loved this. Niko especially is very into yoga as he does it after recess everyday at school. Next thing we knew, it was time to start! Emir ran with Niko and I ran with Una (well run/walked). She definitely had a blast waving to the crowds cheering for her and taking calls on her Dora phone, hehe.
|"Mom I've got an important call on my phone!"|
|Niko was flying!|
|So great that my mom and sister came to watch the kids run|
|Happy to be racing together. Haven't done a race together since May.|
|Representing Bibrave at the 5K|
|PR in the 5K!|
Now onto the 10K! We started up near the front again, although we had decided we were going to start off a bit slow due to feeling tired/sore from the 5K. HA! yeah like we ever do that. Emir stopped at the first potty as he had to pee AGAIN but I just kept going with my co-worker Becky who had started with us in the 10K. She got 3rd in her age group for the 5K. We ran together for a while but she said she was going to drop back as she was feeling tired. The 10K course was different this year as well. And by different, I mean HARDER! There were definitely more hills than last year. I really wanted to beat my 10K PR which was from last year's Runner's World but fighting these hills was making me feel like I didn't have a chance at doing that, especially as Emir went flying past me during mile 3 even though he had stopped! I couldn't keep up with him but I did give myself a talking to and off I went to finish strong. My lungs were much better now and even though my legs were a big sore, I was able to get them moving. I was really happy to cross the finish at 49.03, almost 2.5 minutes faster than last year! Emir had come in at 47 minutes which was a big PR for him as well. We were totally kicking ass!!
|Becky and I after the 10K|
|PRs for both of us in the 10K!|
Oh well, despite not really finding anything too interesting at the festival on Saturday, we were kind of glad to go back to the hotel to rest. We were spent! We napped a bit and watched a movie. So while disappointed about the offerings, I do think these extra hours of rest really helped for the half marathon on sunday. We had a delicious dinner at the Bethlehem Brewery with some good beer and then back to the hotel to bed early. Runner's world does offer a pasta dinner with the editors on Saturday which we did the first year. We did have fun and the food wasn't bad but we just felt like going out somewhere since we were kid free and especially somewhere that we could try a few different beers.
Before we knew it, it was time to get ready for the half. We both felt soreness in our legs and were wondering how well we were going to fare in this race. The start for the Half is a bit further away than the other two races however it was perfect distance for our warm-up. It was a bit chilly on Sunday but I didn't think it was too bad except for the huge gusts of wind, brrr! Even though I wasn't sure how I was going to feel running this race, I couldn't wait to get started so I could feel warm. I wanted to give it my best shot to beat my PR from a few weeks ago at the Philly Rock and Roll however I knew it would be SUPER hard. Not only had I run a 12 hour race the week after Rock and Roll and raced very hard just the day before in the 5K and 10K but I knew this Runner's World course would not be flat like Philly, despite Bart Yasso's claim that the course was easier (I knew it would not be true!). I convinced Emir and my co-worker Becky that we should start with the 1:40 pacer and just see what happens.
|At the start of the half|
At this point I was somewhere between 7 & 8 miles and my overall pace was such that I would finish 1:47-1:48 and that's if I didn't go slower. I was excited about getting my skirt and I think the gel I had done about 10 minutes prior was kicking in because next thing I knew I had put up a couple of miles under 8 minutes. That was all I needed to pick it up a notch. Over the last 4-5 miles it wasn't easy but my overall pace kept creeping down. My last two miles were 7:30 and 7:40 and I crossed the finish at 1:45.30. While not an overall half PR, it was almost 4 full minutes faster than last year's Runner's World half and only 1 minute shy of the PR I just ran a month ago on a MUCH flatter course. I was very pleased with my results! I am definitely confident that on a course similar to Philly Rock and Roll I would have beat my PR. And because I love stats I figured out that my overall Hat Trick this year was about 10 minutes faster than last year AND last year I was 68th female for the Hat Trick and this year I was 27th. I would say that's a pretty good improvement!
|Happy we did so well in all 3 races and THRILLED to get skirts ;-)|
|Altra Ambassadors Emir and Tiffany with Altra co-founders Brian and Golden|
Here's a few of my fave race photos for your viewing pleasure. Don't mind the bubbles as I will NOT pay the ridiculous amount they are asking for these ;-)